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Skills Academy 2: Morning session 4

Ceramic techniques: Innovation, research and development

Saturday 18 April 2015, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, amphi Abbé Grégoire
292, rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3rd
Open to the public (advance bookings only) : 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy 2: Morning session 4
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Beyond its traditional uses, clay is a source of innovation in numerous fields, facilitating technological advances in filtration, insulation, electronics and medicine. This morning session examines these advances via the shared perspectives of leading researchers, and explores the interaction and influences at work between technical, industrial and fine art ceramics. 


9.30 a.m.
‘Innovation, research and development in ceramic techniques.’
Anne Leriche, professor, president of the Groupe Français de la Céramique, and the European Ceramic Society.
Jean-Luc Adam, director, Material Properties and Sciences Research Unit, Institut des Sciences Chimiques, Rennes (France).
Thierry Chartier, research engineer, director of the Laboratory for the Science of Ceramics Processes and Surface Treatments (SPCTS),  University of Limoges.
David Smith, professor, ceramics specialist and doctor of Physics.

11 a.m.

11.30 a.m.
‘Transposing new processes in ceramic techniques to the applied arts.’
Jean-Pierre Bonnet, Emeritus Professor, École Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle (ENSCI) – Limoges.

‘Grounded!’ is the second Skills Academy from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, exploring the past, present and future of ceramics and clay. The Foundation’s biennial programme is open to artisans, designers and engineers seeking to explore innovative approaches to their material of choice. Participants are invited to contribute their professional practice and skills to a shared exploration of new ways forward. Monthly morning sessions for the first semester of 2015 offer an in-depth exploration of clay and ceramics from a historical, aesthetic, economic and technical perspective, coupled with an examination of the sustainability and future of this most fundamental of materials.

>> Back to Morning Session 3 : Pretty or plain? Colour and taste

>> Forward to Morning session 5 : Constructions in clay: earth architecture

>> More about the Skills Academy 2

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Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, amphi Abbé Grégoire
292, rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3rd
Open to the public (advance bookings only) :


Under the supervision of Guillaume Bardet, guest designer and Skills Academy 2 educational director.